Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Promise of Pickles

Last year I made some pickles. They were the first thing I ever canned, but I had to purchase the cucumbers. This year I am determined to can some of my own growing so I planted three cucumber plants.  Two went into the Square foot beds and one into a Growbox.

The ones in the grow boxes are climbing  nicely up the trellis constructed for this purpose. It is 7' tall, pretty soon , I'll need to start weaving it downwards.

The flowers are pretty to look at.

And the clinging tendrils fascinate me.

From the small ones on the trellis...

 over on the wooden fence in the Growbox,

to this early one that is chilling in the icebox for The Student's lunch;

it looks like I will have a big harvest. I am not sure I'll have enough ready simultaneously to can, but I hope so.

Until next time, Keep Digging & Eat Well!

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  1. Arrrggghh! I'm so jealous. My pathetic cucumbers just refuse to grow this year. And last year they did so well I was singing their praises.

  2. I'll double Mark's Arrrggghh and raise him a Grrrrr. My picklers are just now getting their first true leaves. If I get cucumbers from them, I'll be canning them at Christmas ;-)

  3. Granny and Mark - you both are funny.

    Or maybe gardeners are just a funny lot. We have such success in some areas, yet when we see anothers' garden we are envious. I fall into the same trap. I think I am just lucky with the cukes this year. Hot weather, plenty of moisture early help too I think.

  4. Don't forget to "sample" some pickles before canning--I've now read THREE blogs where they had bitter cukes---but didn't realize until they were canned!
    And don't listen to Annie's Granny-she's amazing and will somehow manage to get those cukes ON TIME and PLENTY OF THEM!!!

  5. Sue, so far the cukes have been perfect! Granny is amazing, I'm sure her crop will be bountiful.

  6. Wow, very nice. Mine are just dying.

  7. Thanks Becky - seems I turn around and there they are!


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